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Through the leadership of the village chairperson, Joseph Achilla Teko residents decided to dig two community pit latrines in order to avoid fines from Municipal Council and threats of litigation
Town Clerk on mask being shown a latirine built by community in Labor Lane, Moroto Municipality

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An impoverished community in Moroto Municipality has beaten all odds to construct their own pit latrine after the Municipal authorities locked their houses late last year due to lack of latrine facilities. 

The authorities also fined the landlords and tenants without latrines Shillings 50, 000 and gave them a three month’s deadline to put in place the facilities in an effort to stop open defecation in town, listed for elevation to a city status in the next three years.

However, the slum dwellers of Labor Line Cell in Kampswahili Ward in South Division instead decided to construct public latrines to serve an estimated 1,160 residents free of charge.

Through the leadership of the village chairperson, Joseph Achilla Teko residents decided to dig two community pit latrines in order to avoid fines from Municipal Council and threats of litigation. 

They offered labor, cash, tools and materials in kind to facilitate the construction work, which continued for about eight months. 

With barely any financial resources, the community can finally use the facility that was officially handed over to the public on Monday by the village LC 1 Chairperson witnessed by the Town Clerk, Isiah Tumwegiye and other local leaders

Santa Napeyok, a resident told URN that she hopes sanitation standards will improve following completion of the latrines.

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Napeyok says for long, they have been exposed to diseases like cholera due to poor sanitation in the slum. 

“Some of my neighbors have been throwing feaces, or urine staffed in kaveras, sometimes sanitary pads around our compound and sincerely we could not even sit outside. We had to stay indoors to avoid and the smelly and dirty environment. I think the situation will change a lot,” she added.

 

Mark Ochol Maraka, another resident said it was relief because it was very hard for them to answer nature’s call during day time.

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Before completion of the two stance pit- latrine, the nearest public toilet was at the bus park, about 1 kilometer away. 

Users have to part with Shillings 300 to access the facility yet most can’t afford it. Moroto Town Clerk, Isiah Tumwegiye lauded the community for working together towards a common good.

 

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Pit latrine coverage in Moroto Municipality stands at 19% while for Moroto district is about 24% according to Tumwesigye. 

Achilla Teko noted that the completion of the pit latrine has come at the right time because they are battling a Cholera outbreak in the district.    

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